X-RAY VISION SUPERMAN
SUPERMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES
Remeber last week when I looked at one of the wacky Superman variants from Kenner’s tie in line for the 90s cartoon? Well, that one wasn’t even the tip of the iceberg. At least he was somewhat passable as a basic Superman. Today’s figure? Less so. Without further ado, here’s X-Ray Vision Superman.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
X-Ray Vision Superman was released as part of the fourth series of Kenner’s Superman: The Animated Series, the story of which I covered in Power Swing Superman’s review. He’s another of the frivolous Superman variants designed to showcase Superman’s less obvious power set. Yay? The figure is 5 inches tall and he features 6 points of articulation. He sports a unique sculpt. It’s not quite show accurate, but it’s in line with the all of the other Animated Series figures, so at least it’s consistent. It’s nowhere near as extreme in pose as Power Swing Superman, but he’s still a bit removed from a standard standing pose. The most out there part is definitely the throwing arm, which is permanently outstretched and at a 90 degree angle. That’s a bit on the awkward side, but it works okay with the accessories. The rest of the sculpt is more standard fare: fairly simple musculature and decent enough proportions. The head sculpt isn’t as good as the PS Superman, but that’s mostly due to the “action feature.” What is this action feature? Well, he’s got light piping, so as to light up his eyes and simulate his…X-Ray vision. I think they may have gotten confused with his heat vision. The paintwork is where the figure really gets wonky. In lieu of the traditional Superman colors, this figure is primarily a red-orange-yellow gradient. It’s a very warm look, which once again makes me think someone at Kenner kept mixing up heat vision and X-Ray vision when designing this guy. That said, it’s a unique look, so I actually can’t complain. The cape has been swapped to blue, I guess to break up the reds a bit. Overall, the paint is pretty decently applied, with no real slop or anything and lots of nice, bold colors. Superman is packed with a bundle of dynamite, as well as a safe to hide it in. The safe is partially translucent, so as to demonstrate Superman’s power.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Like his series-mate, I picked this Superman up from Yesterday’s Fun. He was another one of the wacky Supermen that had intrigued me all those years ago. In fact, he has the notoriety of being the very last thing I bought on vacation. He’s not quite as much fun as Power Swing, but he’s not too bad. And, as an added bonus , paired up with Power Swing, you get a pretty decent Silver Age Superman Blue and Red.